Just ran into always entertaining Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon in the lobby. He’s back in southern California (where he lives) preparing for his wedding on Saturday. He stopped by today to meet with Andrew Friedman about the state of his team.
Maddon said the Rays will look at their bullpen and right field but aren’t planning much beyond that. “I want the players we have now to continue to get better. I’m going to talk to our coaches about stressing fundamentals in spring training,” he said.
David Price, he said, will be a starter. He was asked about Rocco Baldelli and mentioned that this winter will be a key time as Baldelli assesses his health. It’s such a unique situation, that nobody is sure to what degree he will be able to play down the road.
Maddon’s honeymoon will be a train trip through Italy, the Czech Republic and Germany. He’ll know the Rays have arrived, he said, if he sees a fan with team gear on. He then joked about putting a Rays hat on the statue of David.
Maddon is still sporting a mohawk haircut. “I have get it tightened up before the wedding,” he said.